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Nature of Material: pyrite (PIE-rite) is a mineral species; cubic crystal system; chemical composition FeS2

Appearance: opaque metallic yellow (brassy appearance)

Phenomena: none
Variety and Trade Names
none known

Fool’s gold Marcasite (another, related mineral which is less stable, and thus less suitable for jewelry)
Typical Size Range: usually I to 5 ct; large crystal specimens are available
Typical Cutting Styles: faceted (typically rose cuts)
Optic Character: opaque (SR)
Refractive Index: over limits of refractometer (above 1.81)
Birefringence: none
Pleochroism: none
Specific Gravity: 5.00 (±.1O)
Polish Luster: metallic
Fracture: conchoidal to uneven
Luster: metallic
Cleavage: none

Identifying Characteristics:
yellow metallic luster, greenish to brownish black streak; Nonmagnetic; may have iridescent tarnish; twinning common in crystal specimens
Hardness: 6 to 6½
Toughness: good

Availability: plentiful as crystal specimens, limited as cut gems
Public Recognition: familiar ("fool's gold" more familiar than formal mineral name) Sources: Brazil, Peru, US
Recommended Disclosures: Avoid heat and nitric acid.
The Meaning Of Pyrite

PYTITE- THE stone to balance hormonal rhythms

General Gemstone Details It is sometimes a bit sad that this beautiful and fascination mineral has a nickname like "Fool's Gold". As it does resemble gold in it's physical appearance, that is where the similarities end. Pyrite can not be bent or shaped like gold, it is much too brittle.

Striking it with steel can even cause the sulfur in it to spark! Pyrite is actually disulfide of iron, and the metallic crystal grows in cubes, nodules, masses of tiny crystals, and can even be found as flat discs.
Some have been known to confuse pyrite with marcasite, but as marcasite is also an iron sulfide, but crystallized in a completely different manner, so marcasite it unstable and often crumbles during attempts to carve it. Pyrite is quite easy to find, it is minded all over the US, in Arizona, Colorado, New York, Missouri, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Tennessee to name a few. Specimens are also found in Spain, South Africa, Russia, Portugal, Germany and Peru, as well as hundreds of other locations around the world. Scientific Properties: Moh’s Hardness of 6.5 with a cubic crystal structure.

Pyrite occurs as cubes or as "pyritohedra", which have twelve faces, and each of those faces having five edges. It has been used in the jewelry industry for thousands of years, as specimens have been found in the ancient civilizations of the Greeks, Romans and the Incas.

Today it is most often used for costume jewelry, but being as brittle and fragile as it is, it requires very careful cutting. Peacock pyrite, peacock copper peacock rock, are all the same stone, pyrite with metallic peacock coloring flashing all over it. Cultures in ancient Mexico made scaring mirrors out of pyrite; they were created by polishing one side flat, to use for scaring, while the rounded side was carved with mystical symbols to assist in the scaring process.

Cultures around the world cared amulets for protection and magic from pyrite, it was even one of the first healing stones to be used in a Shaman's bag. Pyrite found it's name from the Greek word pyr, which means 'fire', the French call it Pierre de Sante, meaning "stone of health" as they say it positively effects the body's health.

Mystical Properties: Both earth and fire energies are captured within the pyrite stone; a perfect tool to assist in balancing (or activating) the root (1st) or base chakra. Pyrite helps one to communicate more openly and honestly, providing both emotional and physical protection. If you are indecisive, or unsure about something, carry a pyrite with you as a touchstone to help boost your self confidence. The reflective qualities of the stone make it a wonderful meditation or divination tool....just as the ancient Inca's used it. Pyrite increases physical stamina, stimulates the intellect and helps to transform thought into intelligent action. It is a wonderful stone for use in wealth magic or assisting in manifestation of needed energies. An excellent shield-stone, pyrite removes negativity from the aura to help one concentrate.

Healing Properties: Pyrite is said to balance hormonal rhythms, and to ease the discomfort of menstruation. It is also useful in clearing up confusion of one's physical symptoms so as to generate a more accurate diagnosis. Pyrite "suns" draw pain from the body, as well as assist in easing depression symptoms. It is also said to help in reducing swelling or reducing fevers when used directly on the physical body.

Magical Properties:
Energy: Not Noted Element: Not Noted Powers: Not Noted

Associations: Not Noted Not a Traditional Birthstone for any Month Not a stone of any particular star sign

Chakra Classification: Both earth and fire energies are captured within the pyrite stone; a perfect tool to assist in balancing (or activating) the 1st, Root or Base Chakra.


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